February 29, 2016. Camas, Washington. Hazel's Bedtime Routine has been the same every night for four years. Dave and I alternate nearly every other night. She does pajamas, brush teeth, we read two books of her choice, say prayers, then she turns out the lights and we sing songs. Thankfully it's, more often than not, something she looks forward to.
February 27, 2016. Camas, Washington. Hazel begged for permission to touch a worm; though very apprehensive. She asked me to pick it up and put it in her hand. So I did, and she screamed and screamed! After dropping it on the ground she said, "I was just scared of it because I thought it was slimy."
February 24, 2016. Camas, Washington. This is what Hand Foot Mouth Disease looks like over here. The only thing I know to compare it with is Chicken Pox. Both girls had just two days of fever then broke out with these sores. The baby has it much worse and struggles to sleep at night. We're all a bit tired of it already. And really, really miss our friends.
February 20, 2016. Hood River, OR. I learned something new this week. I learned that just like Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, there is an Oregon trail, The Fruit Loop, in the foothills of Mt. Hood. Now that sounds like my kinda place, so my husband indulged me and we went for a drive through the countryside today. Be forewarned--holiday gifts from now on just may come in the form of a gift basket full of fruit.
February 19, 2016. Camas, Washington. Emily just crawled over to the stairs, started climbing, and never looked back; and what a look of triumph! Hazel was so worried for her and followed behind the entire way up. I love my girls.
February 14, 2016. Camas, Washington. In addition to Valentine's Day, this week was also my sweetheart's and my 10th Wedding Anniversary. We have a small getaway planned, sans girls, in a couple weeks but I still wanted to say I Love You with a few of his favorite things.
February 8, 2016. Camas, Washington. What a fun little project this was. Now I want to repeat it until Hazel can do it completely on her own. First, she traced basic shapes onto construction paper (from cut-outs I'd made from cereal boxes.) Second, she cut out all the shapes. Third, she used a glue stick to attach each shape to construction paper; creating a pattern all her own. Fourth, we turned the construction paper over and drew lines to create puzzle blocks. Fifth, she cut along the lines. Sixth, she made all the pieces face up and put together her homemade puzzle. Cool!!